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Old 9th January 2010, 16:50   #1
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Greetings from the City of Joy!

Five members of Team - BHP got together at the Army's Fort
William Stadium and enjoyed meeting one another and looking at most of the 162 cars and bikes entered. Great sunny day, weather soooo very comfortable and the cars, well, we'll let you be the Judge for yourself how good a concours it was!

The Judging started about 9.30 a.m. We arrived around noon and probably missed some of the cars that had come early and some of us left around 3 p.m. with more cars to come.

Tomorrow the Flag off is around 9.30 a.m. for the Rally portion of the event with the Trophy Awards around 4.00 p.m. I won't be able to make it and hope other members can. Once the awards are available I will post the major winners and hope that I have been able to photograph them today.

From left to right, Deval, John, 52 Citron, Indrojit, Aniket & Joseph.
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Old 9th January 2010, 18:19   #2
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As John said, 5 (actually 6, counting Rajeev Ghosh) made their way to the Statesman Vintage and Classic car show held at Eastern Command Stadium, Fort William. Deval (Evo), Aniket (Predatorwheelz), Joseph (NOS Power), IndrojitSircar and John himself.

Today was the judging day, and by the time we reached, most collectors had turned up with their cars. Except for the celebrated restorers like Sanjay Ghosh, PS Bose and Rahul Sircar, we got to meet a lot of casual collectors. Note by "casual" I mean the number of cars, not the restoration quality!

On to the cars then:

Early 30's Chevrolet Phaeton

This was the pick of the day for me. A Chevrolet Phaeton restored to Concours Condition. Not a bolt, not a fingerprint out of place.

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the tyres were correct, imported numbers

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The luggage was period luggage, smelling of new leather

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When they opened up the engine bay, it was looking inside the bay of a new car. Unfortunately the judges appeared right then to judge this particular car, and I was shooed off before taking any more pics. John could tell us who owns the Chevrolet.

Shashi Kanoria's 1949 MG TC, 1961 MGA Roadster and 1906 Renault

These cars need no introduction on Tbhp, so let the pics speak for themselves:

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Old 9th January 2010, 18:55   #3
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Here are the some of the photos. The numbers start with the oldest cars. I'll try and group them according to their age.

I had hoped to take more engine and interior shots but as a lot of the owners weren't around I didn't and in retrospect should have stayed longer.
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Chevrolet Bel Air

This lovely Bel Air Sedan was the sole representative of the Fintail club.

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John showed us that the white-walls, were in fact, white wall inserts on normal tyres. He had got these for the owner from abroad, as authentic white walls in that size were not available.

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"Puckard" Sedan

This is a right hand drive Packard sedan. It was sold new in the UK, and later imported to India and used by the Maharaja of Nagaland. The owner doesn't have much history on the car though. DKG, any ideas?

For some reason, the owner kept referring to the car as a "Puck-ard", and John kept correcting him, saying "My friend, its a Paack-ard". We had a good laugh.

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The car is pretty ok, although it could do with a touch of cleaning and polishing. Note the dust in the engine bay.

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Lancia Dilambda

Not sure who owns this, but apparently it was bought for an astronomical sum and restored by Sanjay Ghosh. The engine note is amazing!

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Some 2 wheelers

Compared to the last time I visited, there were too few 2 wheelers at the show. Some pics.

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Rajeev Prakash's Austin 16 Saloon

Here was a refreshing change from the usual restorers' know all "network". An industrialist who admittedly doesn't know much about classic cars, Mr Prakash got this restored as it was his family heirloom. His son who lives abroad wants to use this as a daily driver when he comes back home, and papa obliges.

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We had a long chat on the car. In 1947, "The Motor" magazine of Canada tested the Austin 16, and I happen to have a copy of the test. Mr Prakash was glad to know I could share it with him.
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Old 9th January 2010, 19:20   #5
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IndrojitSircar's Citroen Traction Avant 15 SIX

John had photographed this car some days back undergoing restoration at the Sircars' garage. Now fully ready, claimed to be tested at 130 kmph by Indrojit himself.

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Rahul Sircar's much photographed rear engined Mercedes 130H

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A couple of Austin 7s

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An Austin 10 saloon

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The Army's Austin Sheerline, erstwhile Sanjay Ghosh restoration.

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Rahul Sircar's much photographed rear engined Mercedes 130H

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the austin sheerline looks AWESOME.

@ indrojit sorcar, your citroen looks nice.

the austin 16 is a 1st timer this year, i pressume??

cannot go tomorrow.
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Some Great Shots Predatorwheelz, I so appreciate all the detailed interior shots and putting some info below the photos, which I haven't mastered yet.

We should all get together for the Tolly Car Show on Jan. 17th!!

Here's some more shots I took of the Austin 16 saloon taken two years back at P. K. Chowdhury's Works in rough shape. He did a remarkable job with a great interior. (which I didn't shoot)
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Speaking of the "Pikard" here are few more shot I took of it, Talk about putting your foot in your mouth, when first speaking to the owner I thought it was the first tie at the rally. He said it's been there for the past number of years and as a Judge a number of years ago, "Didn't I remember it".

Any way a great car that hopefully DKG can shed some light on it.
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Here are more "National Treasures"
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I've heard two owners refer to their cars as their "wife" and one younger owner when asked, his mother quickly commented "No but we are still hoping"!
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Wow, great show! You guys sure had fun!

Looking forward to seeing more pics. from the show.
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Great thread and pics.

The lancia is an absolute stunner, I had seen this car being restored at Sanjay da's place about 2-3 years back. I do not remeber the exact time. As far as I remember the drum brakes are of huge size, but still it is difficult to get this sports car to a halt once it gets going.. lol

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BRT 1127 is a chevy deluxe?? a new comer??
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Wow great pictures, thanks John for sharing such photos, Packard also very rare car and other cars.

Hope to see more cars pictures soon, there is red convertible front of Jeep 83. Some Morrises were seen in the background, please post other cars if possible.

Thanks!
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